Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Hope your trick-or-treaters have a better night ahead of them than mine do. They're calling for rain and cold here (maybe even some snowflakes), which means coats and grumbling. But it also means lots of candy for those hardy enough to ring the bell at my house! 

I have a little gift box to share today. 


The white box came from the Target Dollar Spot (2 for $1). I jazzed it up with pink and blue cardstock strips and silver glitter tape. I topped it with a pleated ribbon flower. Since the ribbon is already pleated, all I had to do was adhere it to a cardstock circle in a circular pattern. Easy and lovely. I added a rhinestone button and it's all ready for a gift or gift card.

And, since my project isn't a bit scary in looks or in difficulty, I'm sharing a couple of spooky ideas for this or next year.

Click here for the creepy but easy directions!

And click here to make a head in a jar for your fridge or bookcase!

Happy HOWL-O-WEEN, ghouls and boys!
Chark






Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Witchy Wednesday

Two more days til Halloween, boys and ghouls!! See what I did there? Hilarious, right? Here's a little gift bag we made at my lss, The Paper Cottage.



It's the perfect size for a handful of Halloween mini candy bars and it was so fun to make. Yes, I know, there's no glitter—what?! But I can always add some to the shoes later. Thanks, Val, for the cute project!

Here are some free witch digis for you to use...doncha love freebies? 


This one is from Free Coloring and I like that she looks like she's up to no good...just like a witch should.



This is from Coloring Lab and you could insert a photo for a fun card or tag or scrapbook page.



This one isn't free, but it's gorgeous art by Hannah Lynn and it's only $3.49. If you're a copic lover or a colored pencil fan, this is the store for you.
 
And here are my favorite witches of all time...The Wicked Witch of the West and The Good Witch of the North.


 

Lastly—a groan-worthy joke for you. "What did Glinda bring to the picnic?" "Sandwitches!"

Happy Witchy Wednesday,
Chark

Monday, October 27, 2014

And Grisly Ghouls from Every Tomb

 Are closing in to seal your doom...


I couldn't love or hate this cake more. Love because it is perfectly scary...hate because it's perfect. It must've taken witchcraft to make this out of icing. Am I right?! It's from Cake Wrecks from their Sunday edition, in which they showcase gorgeousness and not wrecks. The wrecks are hilarious, of course, with commentary from the bloggers, but the Sunday cakes are just amazing. 

Here's a tag I made with gold foil paper (from DCWV) and washi tape from Small T Creations. Love the print on black tape. The roses are easy felt roses (you can see how I make them here). The sequins are just basic sequins and I tried to make them look like a cascade of sorts. I cut the gold paper the width of the tape, and attached everything to a Prima tag. It's not spooky, but it's black and red, so it's kinda goth.


Did you catch that the post title is from Thriller? I love that video and that Vincent Price joined in. Here's the video if you're interested in watching and reliving the fun!


Four more days til Halloween!!
Happy Monday,
Chark

Friday, October 24, 2014

Grateful For Flowers

I used this fabulous Hero Arts stamp set called Antique Gratitude Bouquet to make this card. The detail is fabulous and the image is so impressive on its own. I can't decide if I need a ribbon or some last touch, but the stamp is such an eye-catcher, I don't want to gild the lily, as it were.



I used Canvas Corp papers in the black and ivory 6x6 paper pack. And I used the Neon Red Hero Arts ink pad, available here at a2z Scrapbooking Supplies (on sale for $4!). The leaves are Distress Inks.


You can see in this pick that I stamped the image twice and then fussy cut some blooms to pop up slightly. I added these metallic dots. Then I edged the text paper with the Neon Red ink. 

I've noticed that the better quality of papers turn out a less bright look with the neon ink. Turns out that the basic cardstock for the printer (less sleek) takes on more of the ink and it soaks in, leaving a more vibrant red. I used it on watercolor paper too and I'll post that image soon—even more vibrant.

If you want or need some great scrappy/stamping supplies, head over to the a2z shop, fill your cart with great deals worth $25 and then pop the code CHARK15 in there to get 15% off your goodies. Look! You have friends in high places. wink!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
Chark

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mason Jars Are For Everything

My husband likes to drink from them, the neighbors bottle their BBQ sauce in them and I make crafts with them. They're for everything—you can find a million uses for them and crafts with them on Pinterest if you look. They seem to be huge for weddings currently.

And Moxie Fab World has a canning jar challenge up until October 26th, so join me as I enter these creations there. I got the free digi mason jar art online and if you want the link to one of them, it's here.


 
The first jar uses the Hero Arts Butterfly Fancy Die. I backed the die cut with a piece of paper I watercolored with gelatos and a water brush. After it dried, I used the Wink of Stella glitter pen for a subtle shine on the watercolor. I also used Tombow markers and Prismacolor pencils to make the lid.


This jar card uses Paper Smooches stamps (so cute I can't stand it!) and so I entered it in the Paper Smooches Sparks challenge where anything goes this week. 


The last jar also uses Paper Smooches stamps, Freezy Fellas, and an unconventional color palette. I had the Neon Purple ink from Hero Arts out and used it on these guys too! A little watercoloring with the purple gelato on the hills coordinated perfectly. The trees and snowflakes are from Lawn Fawn. I made this into a shaker card, but it's only my third (I think) and I'm still bad at them! This time I just enclosed the jar in plastic stamp packaging instead of popping up a panel. Easier but not better than the panel. I'll either keep trying or give up on shaker cards one of these days! 

Thanks to Moxie Fab for a a a great challenge and for sparking my interest! And thanks to Paper Smooches for such amazing Halloween stamps (I used Halloweenies and Spookalicious) and cutest snowmen ever! 

Happy Wednesday!
Chark

p.s. I totally forgot to tell you I entered this at the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp. They carry these adorable stamps too, so if you need the snowmen or the halloween guys, you can click this link to go to Paper Smooches stamps/dies at the store.

p.p.s. 9 more days til Halloween!

Monday, October 20, 2014

O is for October

The challenge over at Simon Says last week was to use "O" as your inspiration. The design team made some absolutely beautiful work that you can see on this post. I tried to be clever all week but all I could come up with was October and Orange for the challenge and that wasn't terribly original. Ah well, it worked! 

Here's the card I made with Distress Inks, a Hero Arts pumpkin stamp and Diamond Stickles. The sentiment is made from black glitter stickers. Inside the card I put in a moon and stars that match the letters. No idea where those came from :) The dot paper is Canvas Corp. I used a white gel pen to try making some Zentangle designs. They are more easy doodles than anything, but it was kinda fun.



My Book Cover of the Week is one of the scariest books I've read...it's a classic Stephen King novel that creeped me out and one I had to read when it was sunny out. The movies was just as scary, even though it was different at the end. Haven't revisited either of them in years—mostly cuz they're scary! This isn't the original cover, but I like it better. No, Danny, don't go in there!



Happy Monday and remember 11 days til Halloween! mwahahahaha!
Chark